The facility is the first Greenfield construction project for the Kraft Heinz Company since the merging of Kraft Foods Group and H.J. Heinz Company in 2015.
Designed and built by Gray Construction, Kraft Heinz’s new 382,157-sf meat processing and packaging facility in Davenport, Iowa occupies a 70-acre site in the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center.
The building’s floor construction consists of structural slabs while the wall construction consists of insulated metal panels. The structure is conventional steel. The facility includes a 305,346-sf food processing area, a 34,342-sf utility area, and a 42,469-sf office area.
The highly automated plant went from foundation to first production in 14 months. Full occupancy was not achieved until 20 months due to Kraft Heinz increasing the scope of the project to include process installation and a building expansion. The facility now produces hundreds of millions of pounds of deli meats per year.
Gray Construction provided the architecture, civil engineering, structural engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and construction management for the project.
Food Engineering magazine recently honored the Kraft Heinz Davenport facility as the 2018 Food Plant of the Year.